Tips for Making the Most of Reading with Kids

Are you making the most of reading with kids? Bloggers and authors will be sharing their best tips and strategies for reading in the Spring Into Reading Google+ Hangout Series. Today’s hangout celebrates Read Across America Day – the kickoff to National Reading Month.

Reading with Kids

Making the Most of Reading with Kids

Read to your kids everyday. Develop the habit as soon as they are born. Make reading a part of bedtime and/or naptime to guarantee you’ll have a reading time everyday. Continue reading to your kids as they get older even after they can read to themselves.

Making the Most of Reading with Kids

Connect to the books through play. Provide opportunities to retell and recreate the books through pretend play.

Join a book club. Start a book club with kids in your area or join a book club online. Our Virtual Book Club for Kids chooses one author each month. We then read books by that author and complete related activities {projects, crafts, recipes, etc.}. It’s a great place to gather ideas to go along with books.

Use books to teach. Choose a book your child loves and create a learning activity to go along with it. Does your child love Dr. Seuss? Try one of these fun math activities that go along with Dr. Seuss books. Does your child love trains? Read Donald Crew’s Freight Train and use it to practice colors and letters.

Read Across America Google+ Hangout

Read Across America Google+ Hangout

Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It, Amy Mascott from Teach Mama, and I will be sharing more ideas for reading with kids in our LIVE video chat. Join us today at 4pm EST. Watch it here or on Google+.

Rhyming and Word-Focus – Amy will show us how to take the rhyming and word-focus from Dr. Seuss books and carry it through to everyday, fun learning with kids.

Dr. Seuss Inspired Projects – Kim will share examples of Dr. Seuss inspired projects and talk about how to use those projects as springboards for learning to read.

Book Connections to Math and Science – I will talk about ways we can use picture books to help with math and science learning.


Spring Into Reading Hangout On Air Series

Our 2nd hangout will be on Wednesday March 6th at 4pm EST. I’ll be chatting with children’s book author Sue Fliess about how she got started writing. She’ll be reading her new book, Tons of Trucks.

Check out the schedule for the rest of the Spring Into Reading Hangouts. They’re happening all month long!

Are you follow along on Google+ yet? I would love to see you there.

Linking up here.

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